For a few weeks now, we have been reporting on Operation Jade Helm, a military training exercise set to take place across Texas this summer in which military personnel will operate covertly among the American public.
Many see this as a dry run for martial law and have connected it to the mysterious Walmart closings. Recently, patriotic Texans have been letting their uncomfortable feelings about this known all across the state.
This week, Goliad County judge and former marine Pat Calhoun has been trying to reassure his citizens that the exercise isn’t that bad.
“I know what’s going on with this,” Calhoun said Thursday, according to the Texas Tribune. “You don’t have anything to be afraid of in our military.”
Texans, however, aren’t buying it. On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott raised people’s concerns by writing a letter to the Texas State Guard asking them to keep an eye on the operation.
“During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott wrote to Maj. Gen. Gerald Betty, saying he expects “regular updates on the progress and safety of the Operation.”
Abbott’s letter came a day after concerned citizens of Bastrop County packed an information session on Jade Helm as they clutched signs that said things like “No Gestapo in Bastropo.” One of these citizens was Kathie Glass, a candidate for governor last year who campaigned against “increasingly tyrannical federal government.”
“I don’t buy into some of the more extravagant claims, but I think it is not routine and it needs to be addressed, and the people need to be comforted,” Glass said of Jade Helm 15, adding that she was glad Abbott had weighed in since before that most “people had never heard of it.”
Outside of Texas, however, reactions by government personnel to Abbott’s move has ranged from anger to mockery. At a Wednesday press conference, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest poked fun at Abbott before saying “I have no idea what he’s thinking.” He added that the operation will “in no way” affect the rights of Americans.
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